A two year stint at a community college got this local boy a coveted stint with Pan American World Airways, a job he began in 1961.
He didn't make news breaking flight records, he didn't impress delegates or celebrities by pouring drinks at 35,000 feet, he didn't work at the airport fixing the planes or managing passengers. But he showed up for work everyday, at the newly opened Pan Am Building in New York City, proud to have moved up from the mailroom to Revenue & Statistics, a department he stayed with, til the end, thirty years later, 1991.
Today, I found his missing 20 year service pin among some of his other random items. Frank P. Cattano, Jr. has long passed. He would have loved what I do now. You see, I share his story, all your stories, I am his daughter, and I volunteer for Pan Am Museum.
Deborah Ann Cattano Gaudioso
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, Long Island, New York 11530
Monday - Wednesday : Closed
Thursday - Friday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gift Boutique Open
Red Planet Cafe Open